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March 02, 2009

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An oak tree?

A suspension bridge?

The ocean?

No, no, not an oak tree - David Lehman!

Several of these are great answers, but "ocean" is the one that comes nearest to the correct solution, which is "water." Richard Wilbur explains: "A fruit tree, its leaves fluttering and its boughs heavy with apples or pears, could be the answer. . . But if we are lucky, we see at last in a flash that the optimum answer is 'water,' whose surface trembles at each breath of air and which can bear the burden of the heaviest ships."

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